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Bartter, Martha A

Entry updated 3 October 2022. Tagged: Author, Critic.

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(1932-2013) US critic, editor and author, a lifetime member of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, now most well known for her scholarship and teaching.

As M A Bartter, she published a handful of early short stories beginning with "The Eggs of Eden" (December 1974 Galaxy) and also including "Be Ye Perfect" (January 1975 Galaxy) and "The Wallad Blond" (March 1977 Galaxy), but later became much more active in criticism. She finished a PhD in English from the University of Rochester in 1986, with a dissertation titled "Symbol to Scenario: The Atomic Bomb in American Science Fiction, 1930-1960": this was revised for publication as The Way to Ground Zero: The Atomic Bomb in American Science Fiction (1988). During the 1980s she also reviewed regularly for the US critical Semiprozine Fantasy Review, and occasionally for The New York Review of Science Fiction. Her later scholarly work began to focus on Young Adult sf and questions of sf and Feminism. She was also particularly active in the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts, having served as treasurer for several years, and having edited the conference proceedings volume The Utopian Fantastic: Selected Essays from the Twentieth International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts (anth 2004). In 1992, she began teaching English at Missouri's Truman State University, where she achieved the rank of full professor in 1998, and remained until her retirement in 2008. [TSM]

see also: Greenwood Press.

Martha Ann Bartter

born Oakland, California: 15 December 1932

died Missouri: 18 June 2013



works as editor


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